Lakewood (Sumter, SC) tailback prospect JC Neal made his second visit to Virginia Tech in as many years when he participated in the 2004 senior camp last Saturday. Neal, who traveled to Blacksburg in 2003 for the Nike Camp, seemed to enjoy this experience better than the first.
“It was fun,” Neal said. “It wasn’t as uptight as the Nike Camp was last year. I could relax and have some fun. They gave me the option of playing wherever I wanted to play. For the first part I played running back, and then for one-on-one’s I played wide receiver. The running back drills gave me something I could take back with me. The one-on-one’s were just for fun.”
Neal boasts 15 scholarship offers right now. One of the top prospects in the state of South Carolina, he said the Virginia Tech coaches have him high on their targets list.
“They talked to me about committing to their school,” Neal said. “They told me I’m high on their list.”
Following the camp, Neal continues to list Virginia Tech and NC State as his two favorite schools.
“They’re still on top along with NC State,” Neal said. “Virginia Tech and NC State are the two schools at the top. I think I like them because I visited them both before. I’m used to the atmospheres. I follow both of those teams a lot.”
A decision could come a month or two into his senior year. Neal wants to make all five official trips but wants to make them during his senior season.
“I’ll probably decide in September or October,” Neal said. “I’m trying to take all [five official visits]. I definitely want to visit Virginia Tech and NC State. Florida State and Auburn are two other places I want to visit.”
Location continues to be a factor for JC, who currently wants to leave the state of South Carolina. He wants to go away from home, but not too far away. Incidentally, NC State is about 3 ½ hours away from Sumter while Virginia Tech is 5 hours.
“I want to get away from home, but not too far away,” Neal said. “I still want to leave the state.”
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